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Jaiswal is accounts panel chief

WARD 51 CORPORATOR Rajendra Jaiswal of the BJP was declared chairman of the seven-member Accounts Committee on Tuesday morning. He is likely to assume office on January 16.

india Updated: Jan 11, 2006 16:29 IST

WARD 51 CORPORATOR Rajendra Jaiswal of the BJP was declared chairman of the seven-member Accounts Committee on Tuesday morning. He is likely to assume office on January 16.

The committee is charged with the task of examining income and expenses, as well as scrutinising reports submitted by auditors appointed by the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC).

Surprisingly, although the chairman is supposed to be elected through a secret ballot among committee members, Jaiswal was declared chairman ‘on the basis of seniority’ by the district Bharatiya Janata Party and the corporators rubber-stamped the move.

The Accounts Committee comprises Sushila Dewang, Nandu Pahadia, Savita Akhand, Punia Karetia and Rajendra Jaiswal (all BJP), and Bante Yadav and Ramesh Gagre of the Congress.

As expected, after Jaiswal’s name was announced all the BJP corporators voted for him resulting in a clear majority. Questioned about the eschewing of the ballot, Jaiswal declared himself to be the strongest candidate ‘on account of seniority’.

“All the others (BJP corporators) are first-timers. Of the four, Nandu Pahadia was elected as an independent and joined the party later while Savita Akhand was a Congress worker who later joined the BJP.

Keeping these factors in mind party leaders decided in my favour unanimously,” said the committee chairman. Jaiswal said he would strive hard to carry out ‘with dedication and responsibility’ the authority vested in him.

Indore Municipal Corporation Speaker Shankar Lalwani, IDA Chairman Madhu Verma as well as several BJP office-bearers were present at the meeting.

MLA Laxman Singh Gaud, MP Sumitra Mahajan, PWD Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya and Khargone MP Krishnamurari Moghe congratulated Jaiswal on his election.

Kept pending for long, elections for the chairman’s post were finally held in the wake of protests at the delay by Congressmen during the last General Council meeting.

First Published: Jan 11, 2006 16:29 IST